Tower Bridge, London : 17th August 2012
Freshly painted for the summer Olympic games no doubt, Tower Bridge was decked out in fetching patriotic shades when I dropped by in August…
“Aoyama Blue” : Tokyo, 17th March 2012
You wouldn’t think a humble walkway over a busy road could be in any way arresting, but this particular one I encountered in Aoyama, Tokyo, was painted in such a delightful shade of blue as to be irresistible.
It’s another example of finding something of interest after getting lost, which is what happened when I tried to take a short cut between a couple of the city’s ‘big sights’.
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“Bright Blue Boat” : Porto, 9th September 2011
Boats are always a great subject to photograph, especially when the sun’s out. There’s nothing like seeing those beautiful reflections of the sun’s rays sparkling along the underside of the hull – quite magical, really…
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“Evening Architectural Glow” : Porto, Portugal, 8th September 2011
All photographers know that there two times in the day when nature supplies her best tones: shortly after sunrise, and shortly before sunset.
Alas, for people like me who can never willingly get up earlier than ten in the morning, only the latter is available, but I certainly know how to make the best of it.
I’d just arrived in Porto, Portugal’s second city, and after unpacking in my hotel just had time for a quick evening reconnaissance.
Of course I got lost, and found myself on a long street heading in what turned out to be altogether the wrong direction, but as the sun was pouring her last rays of the day onto the tops of the houses on the left side of the street, I looked up and saw these deliciously warm shades contrasted with the deep blue of the summer sky.
It’s good that I managed to get a few such shots in, as the next few days consisted of haze and rain for the most part…
A larger version of this photo can be seen here.
Another thing you can do when nature decides to hide the sun away and blanket everything in thick cloud is to wait until dark.
That’s the great thing about night photography – the weather is largely irrelevant, and even better – things take on a completely different aspect.
The structure pictured above is a kind of scaled-down arc de triomphe that lies a short distance from Dijon’s train station. In daylight it’s rather pathetic, but come dusk and it’s swathed in intense blue light, elevating it to a thing of great beauty.
Take a look at a larger version here, if you’re so inclined.
In previous years I’ve often gone on a two-week spring trip somewhere in Japan: on this particular occasion it was the Chubu area, a mountainous region north-east of Kyoto.
For much of the trip I was in scenic small towns and snowy mountains, but for a few days I descended to the regional metropolis Nagoya.
Now, Nagoya is not blessed with much in the way of sights, but as I was ambling along near the port, I looked up and noticed the moon was visible: then, suddenly, this formation of birds flew by, making a memorable event in an otherwise fairly bleak urban environment.
You never know when nature will surprise you, so best keep a camera handy at all times…
Found this building down at a small yacht harbour in Hiroshima.
One of those occasions when if you were to photograph the whole of the building, it would come out dull and unexciting.
Tilt the camera, zoom in to frame the three distinct tonal areas with contrasting lines, and another minimalist abstract is born!
This, if I remember correctly, was the entrance to a fancy hotel or restaurant (or a restaurant in a hotel!) I found in Tokyo’s Odaiba district in May of last year.
I tried various shots, some of which involved me lying on the ground, much to the surprise of some passersby.
Why are people so freaked out by someone who is not taking photos of the ‘official’ scenic views but instead dares to point the camera where the average person cannot see anything of interest?